S-482, Strategic Operational Planning

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Course Description

This course was developed using a blended approach to learning. Students are required to complete the online training portion of the course before taking the ILT. S-482 is a course designed to meet the training needs of a Strategic Operational Planner (SOPL) on an incident as outlined in the position task book developed for the position. The online component provides background (historical and foundational) information on why the SOPL position exists and the critical role the position plays in incident management. It also describes the typical responsibilities and activities a SOPL performs on an incident. In the instructor-led component, students apply the knowledge they gained in the online component (the “knowing”) to actual practice performing the typical activities of a SOPL (the “doing” or the “how-to”).

Course Objective:

  • Perform basic tasks commonly required of a Strategic Operational Planner (SOPL) and possess the knowledge to successfully accomplish SOPL trainee assignments.

Course Delivery

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Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online training10-16
Instructor-led training24
Total Hours34-40

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-482 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.

Course Required For:

Strategic Operational Planner (SOPL)

Course Recommended For:

Primary target group is personnel desiring to become qualified as a SOPL. However, this course may also be beneficial to agency administrators, Incident Commanders, fire management officers, and incident and unit staff who have direct fire planning and implementation responsibilities.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training


Associated Position Task Books

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